(FOX 11 / CNS) If you're planning to get a gift or card out to someone by Christmas, the deadline is today.
The U.S. Postal Service will prepare for the busiest shipping and mailing day of the year with items to be shipped collectively by the Postal Service to an estimated 152 million
Representatives are on hand to share tips on saving time and going "green.''
From Sandra Endo:
Lines were long, waiting for the Westchester Post Office to open this morning at 9am. Before doors opened, customers were helping themselves at the self service kiosks open 24-hours where people can buy postage and mail cards and letters.
December 16th, is the busiest shipping and mailing day for the U.S. Postal Service this year. Historically, the Monday of the week before Christmas is always the busiest day. The Postal Service anticipates 6 million customers will go to one of their offices today to mail off the 15 Billion cards, letters, and parcels they anticipate will be mailed between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Richard Maher from USPS says another 6 million customers will be using its online services today as well. "The way to save time is to go on-line and you can get your addresses confirmed, labels paid for, and you don't have to spend time waiting in line and use gas to make the trip to the post office," Maher says.
The deadline for international shipping to make it by Christmas is today but customers can ship things domestically throughout the week in order to still make it by Christmas. The latest deadline to ensure Christmas delivery with overnight postal service is December 23rd.